Welcome to the Religion Module of the Fürer-Haimendorf Field Notes. In this module you will read several pages of Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf's "real time" field notes, that is, notes that he scribbled as he witnessed a religious ritual conducted by Sherpas in the town of Khumjung, Nepal. (Some hints for deciphering Fürer-Haimendorf's handwriting in these quickly jotted notes: he uses a circle as shorthand for the word and, and his letter k often resembles a capital R. Thus, for example, a word that appears to be RuRri is in fact the word kukri–a type of curved knife common to the region.)
You will then proceed to a diary entry Fürer-Haimendorf wrote a few hours later the same day, enabling you to compare and contrast an ethnographer's notes on a religious rite taken "in the moment" with the description, informed by memory and reflection, that he crafted at a slightly later time. Following this, you will read the final version of the information he gathered via field notes and diary: Fürer-Haimendorf's description of the ritual in his book The Sherpas of Nepal: Buddhist Highlanders.
Finally, this module gives you the opportunity to compare Fürer-Haimendorf's accounts with another ethnographer's description and interpretation of a similar Sherpa ritual, and to reflect on differences that can arise from varying epistomological and theoretical stances, as well as from local variations, or changing times.